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Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, March 29. We will begin live-blogging at this link at 9:45 a.m.
On Wednesday the court hears oral argument in Turner v. United States. Amy Howe has our preview.
On Wednesday the court also hears oral argument in Honeycutt v. United States. Rory Little has our preview.

Skinner v. Switzer

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-9000 5th Cir. Oct 13, 2010
Tr.Aud.
Mar 7, 2011 6-3 Ginsburg OT 2010
 
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Holding: Federal courts have subject matter jurisdiction over civil rights lawsuits, filed under Section 1983, that seek access to DNA evidence to challenge a state conviction.

Plain English Holding: Convicted inmates seeking access to DNA evidence to prove their innocence may do so by filing a federal civil rights lawsuit, rather than having to undertake the more difficult process of filing a petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Plain English Summary:

Judgment: Reversed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on March 7, 2011. Justice Thomas filed a dissent, which was joined by Justice Kennedy and Justice Alito.

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